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Defendant Shot, Killed in Courtroom During Trial

Siale Angilau rushed the witness, got taken down

(Newser) - The defendant in a racketeering trial was shot and killed today when he rushed a witness in the Salt Lake City federal courthouse. Siale Angilau, an alleged member of the Tongan Crip gang, was being tried for his alleged involvement in gang-related crimes, including the 2007 shooting of two deputy... More »

Atheists Converge on Mormon Country

Columnist finds that the two groups have a lot in common

(Newser) - Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith. To that end, the American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, are holding their annual conference over Easter weekend in Salt Lake City, the home... More »

Mom Reads Son's Facebook, Saves Him From Shooting

Calls police, they find alleged suspects near school with gun

(Newser) - Perhaps the most incredible result to come from a parent monitoring her child's Facebook page: A Salt Lake mom who did just that managed to help intercept two teens who allegedly planned to shoot her son. The mom called the police officer who serves as resource officer at West... More »

Utah Teen Finds Ancient Remains in Backyard

Bones turned out to be 1K years old

(Newser) - A Utah teen digging a trout pond in his backyard unearthed human remains that turned out to have been there for at least a thousand years. The teen's father called police after a skull and other bones were found and the case was turned over to archeologists after medical... More »

Mormon Women Protest All-Male Priesthood

But study shows majority of LDS women oppose female ordination

(Newser) - Some 130 women gathered outside the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City yesterday, after being rejected from a meeting for the faith's all-male priesthood, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The women, members of the Ordain Women movement in the LDS Church, tried to buy tickets to the event, but... More »

Utah 11-Year-Old: I Brought Gun to School for Protection

He is arrested and faces serious charges

(Newser) - Authorities say an 11-year-old boy caught with a gun at school in Utah told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of a Connecticut-style attack. School officials say the boy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students told... More »

Utah Affiliate Axes Gay-Themed NBC Sitcom

Mormon-owned station's move 'blatantly homophobic': Ellen Barkin

(Newser) - A Mormon Church-owned NBC affiliate won't be airing the network's new show about a gay couple because it's "excessively rude and crude," Gawker reports. The New Normal, which tells the story of the couple having a child through a surrogate, "feels inappropriate on several... More »

Romney's Fishy Olympic Past Still Pays Off

Players in bribery scandal became big Mitt supporters

(Newser) - We all know Mitt Romney ran a pretty good Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City 10 years ago. But few recall the bribery scandal that preceded him, or know that its major players have become significant Romney supporters, the Daily Beast reports. Businessman David Simmons, who pleaded guilty on tax... More »

Gayest City in America Is .... Salt Lake?

It's got real 'queer cred,' says the Advocate

(Newser) - The Advocate has crunched the numbers to determine the "gayest cities in America." This isn't some census-based survey, but rather a "decidedly objective" equation that factors in everything from the number of elected LGBT officials to the presence of nude yoga classes. And the winners are:... More »

Utah's Odd Liquor Laws Kill Some of the Buzz

The state's liquor laws are ... unusual

(Newser) - Happy hour never comes, you'll never see a restaurant bartender mix your drink, stiff drinks are a no-no, and don't even bother asking about a drink special … welcome to Utah! Though the state's infamously strict liquor laws lightened up considerably in 2009, the system remains rife... More »

Good News for Homeless Guy: You're Rich!

PI tracks down Max Melitzer to tell him about inheritance

(Newser) - Max Melitzer was wandering the streets of Salt Lake City yesterday, pushing all his worldly belongings in a shopping cart, when a man approached with some pretty good news: Melitzer, who has been homeless for years, had just come into a lot of money. Seems Melitzer's brother died last... More »

Mom Offers to Sell Daughter's Virginity for $10K

Boyfriend turns Felicia Rae McClure in as she arranges deal for 13-year-old girl

(Newser) - A Salt Lake City mom has been arrested after investigators say she offered her 13-year-old daughter's virginity to a man for $10,000. Felicia Rae McClure was turned in by her boyfriend, who noticed a series of troubling texts about the pending transaction on her cellphone, say cops. McClure,... More »

Mitchell: Elizabeth Smart Had a 'Glorious Experience'

Witness testifies he was controlling, not delusional

(Newser) - Trial resumed in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case today, with jurors hearing testimony that Brian David Mitchell was not delusional, but rather deliberately controlling and intimidating, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Mitchell "has a personality that is much larger than I’ve ever encountered," testified a former cop... More »

10 Sexiest, Ugliest American Cities

Not surprisingly, you'll find pretty people in beachy cities

(Newser) - Travel + Leisure put together its annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, of which arguably the most interesting category is the American cities that boast the most attractive—and least attractive—residents. Click through the top five in each category in the gallery, or click here for more. More »

Judge Boots Elizabeth Smart Defendant From Court

Brian David Mitchell couldn't contain his urge to sing hymns

(Newser) - Brian David Mitchell may have been found mentally competent to stand trial, but that doesn't mean he's capable of controlling his urge to sing hymns in court, reports the AP. The serenading of Elizabeth Smart 's alleged kidnapper lasted about a half-hour during jury selection before the judge kicked him... More »

Raleigh Tops in Quality of Life

(Newser) - Raleigh, NC, is the American city with the highest quality of life, according to a new survey by Portfolio magazine . With its low unemployment rate, quality housing stock, and rapid pace of growth, Raleigh beat out the other 66 largest metro areas in a comparison of 20 statistical measures of... More »

Condemned Killer Opts for Execution by Firing Squad

Ronnie Lee Gardner set to die June 18 after 25-year legal battle

(Newser) - A Utah man convicted in the 1985 murder of a lawyer has exhausted his legal options and will be executed in June—by a firing squad. Ronnie Lee Gardner, who was attempting to escape from a courthouse in Salt Lake City when he shot and killed Michael Burdell, said he... More »

Flight Diverted to Salt Lake After Bomb Threat

Passengers still on board as FBI searches plane

(Newser) - Airport officials say an airliner en route to San Francisco has been diverted to Salt Lake City following a bomb threat. The plane is already on the ground, being searched by FBI and airport police. Its 193 passengers and six crew members remain on board. United Flight 741, which originated... More »

3rd Man in 3 Days Detained on US Flight

Apparently drunk passenger pounds on cockpit door

(Newser) - An apparently intoxicated Delta airlines passenger who pounded on the door of the pilot's cabin was detained yesterday by police when the plane landed in Salt Lake City. It was the third security scare in three days on US flights. None of the 164 passengers was harmed by the unruly... More »

Real-Life Rain Man Dead at 58

Kim Peek inspired Dustin Hoffman's character in movie

(Newser) - The man who inspired Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie Rain Man died Saturday of a heart attack at age 58. Kim Peek's life was thrust into the spotlight after meeting screenwriter Barry Morrow, who used Peek as the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning character. After the 1988 film became... More »

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